I really enjoyed this story, but the illustrations would have added a lot. At the time I selected this book, I didn't realize it was originally a graphic novel. Do not be fooled by the protagonist, though -- this story isn't appropriate for most children of Coraline's age. Like Alice in Wonderland, I believe it's intended for adults. Unlike Alice in Wonderland, it's a little scary. And makes the first time I ever got creeped out listening to an audiobook, on a crowded subway no less.
Gaiman does an excellent, impeccable job of the narration, which probably mostly makes up for missing out on the drawings. (Disclaimer: I haven't seen the graphic novel, so I can't say for certain.)
I love this story, and all of the characters in it. The book itself hooked me from the start and I read it more than once (it's a quick read). So I thought I would thoroughly enjoy listening to it, to hear the author's presentation of his quirky characters. The laid-back somewhat flat reading given by Gaiman probably worked for some, but for me, it flattened a 3-dimensional world into 2, taking some of the spark out of an otherwise great and unique story. I highly recommend the book, but the audiobook, only a 3 or very low 4. The movie was fun in 3D, too, and perfect in the hands of Nightmare Before Christmas' Tim Burton.
Much like Stardust this is a grown-up fable, and a well done one at that. Gaiman's narration was pleasant, if low key. Like other reviewers have noted, the songs are a little off, but not horrible. I get the feeling they were included to break up the book into managable sections. (Like if played for a kids or in a classroom.) It's well worth the download.
Oh, the book is much better than the movie. Not to trash the film, but there's more of the Neil Gaiman touch to it than there is portrayed in the movie.
The story is imaginative, insightful, and interesting. The author did a great job of putting the main character in a situation where she needed wit and ingenuity to overcome difficulty. The narrator (who also wrote the book) was convincing as the different characters, and gave each character a life of his/her own.
I definitely would recommend this book!
This is a short captivating story that totally draws you in. The characters are vividly described, so that you feel you are seeing them. Neil Gaiman is an excellent storyteller, both as the writer and as the narrator. It's been a long time since I've become so caught up in a story that I couldn't turn it off, I had to find out what happened next. It might be a little too creepy for very small children, but everyone else should enjoy it.
My kids loved this story so much they wanted to listen to it again immediately after it finished! Neil Gaiman reads it beautifully, and the singing rats were a real treat! The story is nicely complemented by the original music. Although the story is a bit spooky, neither of the kids (6 & 9 yo) was frightened by it. We are now anxious to listen to more Neil Gaiman stories.
Written much like a kids book- Character confronts darkness with bravery and thoughtfulness and prevails! Loved it.
Another home run by Neil Gaiman. This is probably intended for children, but I was enchanted by the creepy story ( but nothing too horrific, certainly suitable for kidlets). Neil Gaiman is SUCH a fabulous narrator !
I found 'Coraline' one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. I was driving from Austin to Ft Worth, which is about a 3hr drive and it was the perfect amount of time to listen to this story. Perfect for my Halloween spooky mood :). I loved the fact that the author, Neil Gaiman, was the reader. At first it was a little odd to listen to him voice a young girl, but in no time I got used to it. Gaiman knows his own story so well, and gives the performance that he wants his audiobook listeners to hear.
I was a little surprised to find that the book was really not much different from the movie! I was aware that some book fans didn't like the movie due to its "difference," but maybe those were just internet trolls, because the books is almost the exact same as the film. Minus the gardens and the Wybie character, you could say this adaptation was pretty exact. I figured the adaptation would be a lot like the book to movie adaptation of 'Stardust.'
I would highly recommend 'Coraline' to any fan of Neil Gaiman. Even though it's meant for a lot younger audience than his usual readers, the book is well worth the short amount of time it takes to listen to. And who doesn't want to listen to Gaiman's vocals for three and a half hours anyway?
Some of the best parts were the songs that Gaiman sang in between chapters. They were creepy, and really kept with the uncomfortable feel throughout the story.